#FridayReads – Political Debates


Today’s #FridayReads are inspired by the GOP Debate that took place last night (8/6/15). Things are really getting underway for the upcoming 2016 Presidential election. Regardless of which direction you’re leaning, it can be helpful to have a good understanding of the value and the history of the debates and the election process in general. That’s where the following books come in:

The Candidate

The Candidate: What It Takes to Win, and Hold, the White House
by Samuel Popkin
JK 524 .P63 2012

The First Modern Campaign

The First Modern Campaign: Kennedy, Nixon, and the Election of 1960
by Gary Donaldson
E 837.7 .D66 2007

Inside the Presidential Debates

Inside the Presidential Debates: Their Improbable Past and Promising Future
by Newton N. Minow and Craig L. LaMay
JK 524 .M563 2008

The Podium the Pulpit and the Republicans

The Podium, the Pulpit, and the Republicans: How Presidential Candidates Use Religious Language in American Political Debate
by Frederick Stecker
JA 85.2 .U6 S74 2011

Presidential Debates

Presidential Debates: Forty Years of High-Risk TV
by Alan Schroeder
JF 2112.D43 S37 2000

Selecting a President

Selecting a President
by Eleanor Clift and Matthew Spieler
JK 528 .C55 2012

The campaign process has gotten more and more “entertaining” over time, so it’s nice to be able to put things in context and see how we’ve gotten to where we are today.

You can get more information on all the candidates at “Who Is Running for President?” courtesy of The New York Times.

Happy reading!


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